Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Zim: Hospitals in crisis

Zimbabwe's government-run hospitals are broke, and reported to be turning away patients because they are unable to provide basic medication.

The government has been condemned for its carefree attitude and high propensity to spend on luxury goods, such as the recent purchase of vehicles for use by militia personnel, and aircraft from China.

Ambulances at most hospitals are grounded due to fuel shortages and lack of vehicle spares.

Despite the soaring levels of sexually transmitted diseases in the country, most cases go untreated as hospitals do not have the medication.

People are dying from minor illnesses that could have been easily treated but hospitals have run short of resources. The majority of rural folk, once regarded as Mugabe's loyalists, have jumped ship to join the opposition as they accuse the incumbent government of persecuting the poor...

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